Where to go in Los Andes?
Gabriela Mistral’s House (1912-1918)
The house is located in the Coquimbito sector at the entrance of the city of Los Andes. The Chilean poet Lucila Godoy Alcayaga (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945) lived in this house in 1914. She lived in the city of Los Andes for 6 years, and it was here she wrote her famous “Sonetos de la Muerte” (Sonnets of Death).
Cerro of the Virgin or Cerro of the Upright Stones
Located in the very heart of Los Andes. This municipal park has a great view of the city in its entirety, with its summit reaching a height of 1,000 meters. There are two access routes to the summit, a footpath on the side of Avenida Independencia and a road up to the top from Avenida Enrique de la Fuente.
Coro Bajo (Low Choir) of the Barefoot Carmelite Nuns, Church of the Holy Spirit
Situated inside the Church of the Holy Spirit, this is the place from where the Carmelite Nuns could attend the church’s religious ceremonies, hidden from the public by a grill and curtain which you can still see.
The remains of Santa Teresa de Jesús de Los Andes, the first female Chilean saint, were kept here until 1987, when they were moved to the Santario de Auco de Rinconada de Los Andes. Both the crypt and the church were declared a National Monument in 1988. You can visit the church from Monday to Sunday, you cannot visit the crypt.
Cristo Redentor de los Andes (Christ the Redeemer of Los Andes)
Stands at the summit of the Cordillera de Los Andes, 3,900 meters above sea level, on top of the Paso del Bermejo. It is a beautiful statue symbolizing the peace between Chile and Argentina, although it was erected after the end of the border dispute of both countries. It was inaugurated on 13 March 1904.
This station was built in 1954 by the department of works of the State Railways. It has platforms and offices used for the international service to Mendoza that functioned until 1984. Nowadays the station has been reconditioned as a National and International Bus Terminal with modern and comfortable passenger facilities, retaining the original infrastructure in an effort to conserve and promote the cultural heritage of the city of Los Andes.
The Grotto of the Virgin of Lourdes of the Convent
This is the original grotto of the first Carmelite Convent, where Saint Teresa used to make her speeches and the place where she received the divine sign that she would be a saint. It was restored and is situated next to the gardens and vegetable plot of the convent. It is reached via the main entrance of the former convent.
Reverendos Padres Pasionista Church
The passionist congregation was established in this region more than 100 years ago, and the church is found in Avenida Chacabuco level with Number 100. You can recognize it by it is copper-roofed bell tower and brick walls. The church is simple and at the same time cozy. The priests’ outbuildings are located in the southeast part, and are connected by interior courtyards. You can visit the church any time during opening hours.
Santa Rosa Church
This building is situated on the western side of the Plaza de Armas of Los Andes, and is the main church of the city. Inside you will find the life-size polychrome image of “San Sebastián de Los Andes”, a Jesuit work of art from the 18th Century which is considered “the sculpture of the highest merit made in the country” attributed to the brothers Juan Betlerich and Jacobo Kellner. There is also a beautiful drawing with the image of the Father of the Poor, found in this part of the municipality.
Governor’s Residence of Los Andes
Situated opposite the city’s plaza, this residence was built between 1888 and 1891. It is in the neoclassic style and stands next to the Santa Rosa church, which houses an image of San Sebastián de Los Andes dating from the 17th Century.
Ex Convent of The Holy Spirit
This convent was built between 1924 and 1925, then restored in 1993. It is the place where Santa Teresa de los Andes professed until her death. It’s found at the site of the Holy Spirit Church and the Convent’s Museum of Religious History.
Museum of History and Archeology of Los Andes
Found opposite the former Convent of the Holy Spirit, this museum was set up in an old house, and is home to a collection of ceramic objects from various cultures.
Located at Avenida Santa Teresa 398 opposite the former Convent of the Holy Spirit. The museum houses a collection including a selection of relics, effects and tools for domestic and ceremonial use, from Atacaman cultures, Mapuches and Incas that lived in the Aconcagua Valley. There are also arms and furniture from the time of the Independence of Chile.
Convent Museum of Religious History
This museum is situated on the second floor of the building of the former Carmelite Convent. It contains photographs of St Teresa de Jesús de los Andes, cases containing the saint’s religious clothing and various other sorts. There are also four rooms with recreations of different aspects of Carmelite life.
Ambrosio O’Higgins Park
A natural park at the beginning of Avenida Santa Teresa de los Andes, created in homage to the founder of the city, don Ambrosio O’Higgins. Public functions of the city are held here.
San Francisco de los Andes
This is a private park of 8,500 hectares near the San Francisco brook. Ecological adventure tourism trips are available here, and you can go riding and fly-fishing.